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Old 10-23-2007, 01:44 PM   #1
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I brewed a brewer's best red ale kit on Sunday morning. This morning there is still no activity in the fermenter. The kit had dry nottingham yeast. I rehydrated the yeast and pitched around 74 degrees.

I know my LHBS (where I bought the kit) doesn't get a lot of traffic, so the kit could be pretty old. Should I give it another day or should I stop by and pick up another packet of yeast at the LHBS on the way home from work today?

 
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Old 10-23-2007, 01:47 PM   #2
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Check the gravity, it may be done. Happened to me this weekend, 12 hour fermentation.

 
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Old 10-23-2007, 01:56 PM   #3
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+1 on gravity check. I've NEVER seen Nottingham take that long to start up.
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Old 10-23-2007, 02:05 PM   #4
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I took a gravity reading last night (36 hours after pitching) and it was at 1.034 (same as where it started).

 
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Old 10-23-2007, 02:25 PM   #5
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Sounds like a deader, it happens with off the shelf kits. Still, give it 72 hours.
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I'd go ahead an get another packet of Nottingham and throw it in. If the packet you added didn't take off by now, I doubt it will. The $2 for an extra packet would be worth my peace of mind.
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Old 10-23-2007, 02:31 PM   #7
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I'd normally say wait but I've never had nottingham take more than 12hrs.
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I'd normally say wait but I've never had nottingham take more than 12hrs.
This is my 3rd time using nottingham (first time in a brewer's best kit, both time prior it has been from AHBS) and I've always had activity within 4-5 hours. I guess the $2 is worth my sanity. First thing I do when I get home from work and when I wake up is go check the beer hoping to see some activity.

 
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This is my 3rd time using nottingham (first time in a brewer's best kit, both time prior it has been from AHBS) and I've always had activity within 4-5 hours. I guess the $2 is worth my sanity. First thing I do when I get home from work and when I wake up is go check the beer hoping to see some activity.
You don't go down at night or ring home to check?
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Old 10-23-2007, 03:23 PM   #10
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You don't go down at night or ring home to check?
I have called home and asked my wife in the past, but unfortunately, she's not working from home right now

 
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